Bodywork can make a huge difference in the performance, movement and overall health of your horse, used on a regularly bases to keep your horse healthy or when your horse is recovering from an illness or (old) injury.
Equine Body Work
Bodywork brings the horses body back into balance. It releases stress and tension from the body, it dumps lactic acid, aids in recovery from athletic performance, has a positive and healing effect on the underlying organs and is an all round brilliant healing modality.
Bodywork activates the life forces and body systems and improves the condition and performance of your horse.
Sports massage, stretching and a range of motion exercises form the hands-on foundations of Equine Body Work. However, Equine Body Work goes beyond just treating the area that appears to be hurting; unlike many other therapies, the evaluation of the horse’s posture, movement, tack and training form an integral part of the treatment.
Equine Body Work requires knowledge of the Horse’s anatomy.
Much the same as the human body, the well being of the equine body relies on the entire system functioning without restriction. Blood needs to freely circulate to all parts of the horse’s body, nerves must have sufficient room around them to fulfill their function as messengers to the brain, and joints need to move without restriction throughout their range of motion.
Muscular health has a huge effect on the functioning of all major aspects of the horse’s body: contracted muscles which are unable to release back into their optimal functioning length restrict the flow of blood around the body.
At the same time the muscles can also clamp down on the surrounding nerves, causing potentially severe pain and a lack of communication with the brain.
Muscles are also responsible, with the help of tendons and ligaments, for moving joints. Therefore, when the muscle is not functioning as it was designed to do, it will restrict the movement of its correlating joint as well as putting a strain on tendons and ligaments.
The horse’s body functions as a team, the blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, muscles, nerves, and joints being just some of the team members. Therefore, when one team member is no able to fulfill its role, the others end up taking some of the strain as well as compensating for it. This is why it is important to assess the entire body and not just focus on the area that appears to be injured.
In all my sessions, I use a holistic approach, which means I assess the whole horse instead of only looking at the problem.
- Bowen Therapy (member BFTA)
- Equine Body Work (member IEBWA)
- Photonic Red Light Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Sport Massage
- Equine Nutrition
- Nutritional Advice
What to expect from a session
- Gait analysis
- Health and performance history
- Palpation for pain responses
- Training and recovery program
- Stretches you can do to help your horse
You will receive a written report with recommendations at each session.
How many sessions will your horse need?
How many sessions your horse needs, depends on many things, like how long the injury has been there, if it’s a chronicle condition, how serious the injury is, etc.
For most horses 2-3 sessions will be enough.
Length of session
A normal session takes about 1 – 1.5 hour(s).
Per session: $ 125
I travel around the whole South West and pay regular visits to Perth area.